German commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 will surprise its viewers at this year’s Christmas with free reception of the HD versions of its free-to-air channels.

Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD and ProSieben Maxx HD will be offered unencrypted for three days nationwide across all platforms via cable, satellite and IPTV.

The switch-off of the encryption through which the channels will reach more than 15 million households will take place in the night to December 24, 2014 and end in the morning of December 27, 2014.

Detailed information regarding reception and the exact time frame will be announced by the individual platform operators.